Kiwi company LanzaTech has signed its first commercial venture agreement outside of Asia, partnering with US-based worldwide solutions company Harsco to promote the capture and reuse of steel mill flue gases as an environmentally significant and beneficial source of reliable energy.
LanzaTech chief executive Dr Jennifer Holmgren said that with the increasing pressure on industry to comply with strict regulations, relationships such as the one formed with Harsco help to “respond to these challenges with technology-based solutions for a cleaner environment that also enable continued growth”.
LanzaTech is the first company to successfully demonstrate production of fuel-grade ethanol from steel mill gases. Its proprietary biotechnologies convert the waste gases emitted by blast furnace, coke oven and BOF operations into low cost, zero carbon ethanol, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also providing a commercially scalable alternative to traditional ethanol production and its heavy reliance on agricultural food crops.
The agreement with Harsco will accelerate the introduction of this technology to steelmaking customers throughout the Americas, Europe and selected emerging markets.
Harsco chairman, president and chief executive Salvatore Fazzolari said turning waste streams into beneficial ‘green’ resources has always been important to Harsco.
“With LanzaTech, we now add another dimension to our ability to bring innovation to our customers and at the same time, help build a more sustainable environment,” he said.
And in more success-orientated news, LanzaTech has also won the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Global Green Excellence Award for Technology Innovation in “green chemistry”. The annual Green Excellence Awards recognise companies that demonstrate a commitment to reducing dependency on finite resources, from concept to commercialisation, and a resolve to reduce the impact of climate change and overall ecological footprint.
LaznaTech’s award is particularly focused on the company’s evolution of its proprietary fermentation technology to now also produce biochemical compounds.